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National Employment Resources

Programs that provide employment opportunities for people who are searching for jobs; assist people who are able and willing to work by helping them prepare for, find, secure and retain suitable employment; provide work site evaluation and/or modification support; and/or seek to develop employment opportunities in various fields for people who need a position.

Tennessee Employment Resources

Pathfinder Resources

Database of Services: Relevant keywords may include: Adult Day Services and Employment Services/Vocational Training.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): ENTRYPOINT!

ENTRY POINT! is a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offering internship opportunities for students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business.

American Foundation of the Blind: CareerConnect

CareerConnect, a program of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), is a free online resource available to assist students and job seekers with vision loss or low vision tools to conduct job searches independently. Resources are available for employers and families.

Disability Employment Policy Tutorial and Quick Reference

Designed to help anyone who wants to understand disability employment policy, and is set up to encourage learning through tutorials and a quick reference guide.

DisAbility.gov - Employment

Provides advice for individuals with disabilities seeking work; help for employers looking for hard-working and dedicated employees; information on employment rights, laws and regulations; resources for employment programs and job accommodations for people with disabilities.

Employer Assistance Referral Network (EARN)

Provides resources and tools for job seekers with disabilities and employers.

Federal Employment of People with Disabilities

Provides information which includes Federal and state laws as well as other governmental and non-governmental sites to help users with or without disabilities, better understand how to hire and retain persons with disabilities.

Getting Hired.com

An employment database that allows jobseekers with disabilities to find jobs and career-related resources. Resources available for employers and disability advocacy organizations.

HireDS

Promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities, empowers companies, and gives people with disabilities the opportunity to succeed.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN) - Office of Disability Employment Policy

A service provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). JAN's mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, and people with disabilities; as well as their family members and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, entrepreneurship, and related subjects.

National Business and Disability Council (NBDC)

NBDC is a resource for employers seeking to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace and companies seeking to reach them in the consumer marketplace.

Office of Disability Employment Policy, United States Department of Labor (ODEP)

Provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.

Ticket to Work Program, Social Security Administration

ocial Security’s Ticket to Work Program is free, voluntary and available to most people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because they are disabled or blind. Eligible beneficiaries may choose to assign their Ticket to an Employment Network (EN) of their choice or to a State Vocational Rehabilitation (SVR) agency to obtain employment services and supports necessary to achieve a work goal. The EN/SVR, if they accept the Ticket, will coordinate and provide appropriate services to help the beneficiary find and maintain employment.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal laws which prohibit job discrimination based on disability, age, race, color, religion, sex or national origin. EEOC also provides oversight and coordination of all federal equal employment opportunity regulations, practices, and policies.

See Also...

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Links

Other Links and Resources

  • Project Opportunity
    An employment training program for individuals with developmental disabilities. Project Opportunity provides hands-on job training and placement for those who qualify for open positions at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
  • Training and Technical Assistance for Providers (T-TAP) Fact Sheet
    T-TAP conducted a national survey of Community Rehabilitation Programs asking them their opinion regarding what factors maintain sub-minimum wage employment for individuals with disabilities. Specifically, respondents were asked their opinion on the following statement: "Fear of losing benefits such as SSI, SSDI, and/or other health care is one of the primary reasons individuals in our sub-minimum wage programs / 14 (c) programs do not want competitive jobs.
  • Social Security Disability (SSI & SSDI)
    Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are "insured," meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays benefits based on financial need.